UFC CEO Dana White has given his thoughts on Bryce Mitchell bringing the Bible into the Octagon following his UFC Vegas 79 co-main event over Dan Ige.
Mitchell was fighting for the first time since December when he suffered a submission loss to Ilia Topuria in a one-sided fight. After the loss, he talked about retiring but decided to keep on fighting. He ended up facing Ige at UFC Vegas 79 and got the decision win.
After the win, Mitchell brought the Bible into the Octagon and had a unique post-fight interview saying Satan had taken over Earth.
“He’s the hardest hitter have ever fought. I didn’t expect him to be so fast and move so well. And his grappling defensive is so good too,” Mitchell said. “I brought this Bible in here tonight because I do believe Satan has taken over this earth. I know he lost friends and they’ve lost their homes, and I love these people with all my heart. We have to show Satan that he can do nothing through the power of Christ when we come together.”
Dana White won’t censor fighters
Bryce Mitchell then tried to pray with Dan Ige, as the entire post-fight interview was an odd one. Some fans didn’t like it, but Dana White had no issue with it, as he says he doesn’t care what fighters say in their interviews.
“I got no reaction. You know how I am here, whatever you’re into man. There’s no muzzles here,” Dana White said about Bryce Mitchell. “Whoever you are, whatever you believe, whatever you think, we’ve heard it all, seen it all, well, we think we have, who knows what’s next. But, this is one of those places where you say what you feel and say what you want and it’s all good with me.”
Ultimately, Dana White’s reaction shouldn’t be a surprise as he has always said he won’t censor any fighter.